Boxing State of the Union: Pacquiao, Klitschko, Mayweather

Jacob MackbergContributor IMarch 27, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 06:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates after defeating Oscar De La Hoya in their welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Many things have gone on in boxing since the last time I wrote an article here at B/R.

Now the time has come for me to speak and tell it how I see things in the boxing world.

First and foremost, I want to speak on Vitali Klitschko. 

He is an excellent champion. He went six hard rounds with Lennox Lewis, got knocked out legitimately but still—he went six rounds with Lewis. 

In my book he knocks out every single heavyweight out there right now.  Until I see otherwise he is the best boxer in the world. 

His brother is good but I don’t like his style. 

He's too timid, fights scared, has weak chin, and it’s only a matter of time until it gets checked again. 

Vitali made Sam Peter look easy.  It didn’t hurt that Peter was fat and out of shape, but that isn’t Vitali's fault. 

Speaking of Sam, I like him but he's needs to follow my advice.  

Everyday of your life, get up and run miles. 

I don’t care if it’s your birthday, your wife’s birthday, your wedding anniversary and Christmas all on the same day—get up and run. 

If you do, you have a shot to beat Wladimir because you will be in better shape.

When I saw that big ol’ belly under your German football jersey, I knew you were in for a beating. 

Congrats to Vitali Klitschko, you are my Heavyweight Champion of the world. 

In the last year, I have seen the undisputed champion of all weight classes beat some good Hall-of-Famers.  Like two of my very favorite fighters of their generation—Roy Jones Jr. and Marco Antonio Barrera. 

Roy is the greatest boxer in my lifetime.  Heavyweights find it hard to convincingly beat John Ruiz even now. 

Roy deserves his own article but as of now old Father Time has beaten him.  He proved he has heart in challenging Calzaghe (he already did that against Tarver as in rounds 11 and 12 during the twos first fight and coming back against him a third time), but now I think it’s safe to say he will never be world champion again. 

It happens to them all.  Thanks Roy for many great nights. 


When M.A.B signed on to fight Amir Khan, I thought it was not so much of what Khan brought to the table but how much time had caught up with M.A.B. 

I don’t think Khan beat him, Father Time did.  

And to you as well Mr. Barrera thanks for the memories.


The next victim of Father Time is Oscar de la Hoya. 

I had picked him to beat Pacquiao. My reasoning was Pacquiao was just life and death with Marquez at 130, so that weight had to be an issue right? 


There were some important things I had overlooked, like how light-hitting Stevie Forbes had broken his orbital bone and swelled up his face pretty good, but he still had to lose even more pounds for Pacquiao. 

If Stevie Forbes could do that to him, Manny should have a field day with Oscar and he did. 

Oscar just isn’t the same fighter he once was back in the day. 

Father Time wins again. 

Oscar thanks for the memories and for being such a great ambassador of the sport.  See you at the next Golden Boy Promotion. 


And Bernard Hopkins.  Father who? 

At least not yet, but the all-time champ is getting close. 

Hopkins is the master, but I can see deterioration. 

Let's hope he doesn’t hang around too long and, instead, goes out like Lennox Lewis and Joe Calzaghe. 

Doesn’t look like he’ll be getting that rematch, but hey he was 43 and it was real real close.  Nobody would have argued if he had won.  Respect goes out to The Executioner.


And no state of the boxing union address would be complete without mentioning Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

Margarito beat Cotto, which I knew would happen, and in a nutshell here why it happened. 

Cotto is good but he gets hurt a lot.  Corley hurt him. Torres hurt him, Judah hurt him, and Mosley hurt him.  Problem he faced with Margarito was that he couldn’t hurt him and we all knew Margarito could hurt Cotto. 

And Margarito is not the kind of fighter to get him hurt and let him off the hook.  With this hand-wrapping farce, I wonder how much Margarito can really hurt fighters on his own. 

I guess we’ll never know now.


But the best welterweight since Mayweather's retirement is Paul Williams. 

He beat Margarito and gave him more money then he ever made to do so.  It was close and he still offered Margarito an immediate rematch, which was rejected. 

Couldn’t have been over money because Margarito took less money to face Kermit Cintron, a man he had already beaten. 

He actually had the grown man crying in the ring in five rounds.  Now I know that Cintron had a belt and Margarito wanted one (he lost his to Williams), but for all of this most feared man in boxing crap I have to call him out. 

Yeah, Cintron had a belt but why not take back the one you lost from Williams if you’re so tough? 

He gave you the most money too.  I don’t care how much you improve you don’t go from having a man make you cry tears on TV in five rounds to actually beating him. 

Can you imagine what they would have said about Floyd if he had rematched Arturo Gatti.  He’d never hear the end of it.


Williams went on to lose a shocker but he made it right in a hurry by taking out Carlos Quintana in round one. 

After Margarito beat Cotto guess who he called out? 

Think he wanted to avenge his loss?  Hell no! 

He went after Oscar de la Hoya.

When Mayweather fought de la Hoya, Margarito called him every name in the book, and said de la Hoya was not a real challenge. 

Probably why he wanted him after Cotto. 

Oscar didn’t fight him so he took on another fighter that everyone in the world except Roger Mayweather thought would be easy, Shane Mosley. 

But Williams still wanted to fight him and offered him more money then Shane did.

But I’m going to assume because of Margarito’s actions he would rather an easy fight that better money. 


But you gotta love boxing (isn’t that why were here?) because it truly is the theatre of the unexpected.

Shane Mosley knocked out the so-called most feared man in the sport. 

We even got two for one in the unexpected drama department, as Margarito got caught juicing his wraps with plaster of Paris.  He has since been suspended.  He was known for his power.  Oh well.


So does Pacquiao beat Ricky Hatton? 

The smart money says yes, but I’m still not counting Hatton out. Contrary to certain peoples beliefs, he is an excellent fighter and he only lost to Mayweather. He might pull it off, but the favorite should be Manny.


And Pacquiao vs. Maweather. 

Until I hear something official it is still just a tantalizing rumor.

If they do fight, if Mayweather is at his best he should beat Pacquiao. 

Manny uses speed but Floyd is faster.  And has better skills which pay the bills so my pick would be Floyd.  But it will be a great fight and I can’t wait to see it. 


Until next time…


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